Rice Architecture Society is the voice of the Rice Architecture student body. With representatives from every studio, this group helps to shape the culture of the school while also providing a liaison between the students and the school’s faculty and administration.
Society’s main social and educational events include:
  • Weekly open studios: late-night studio gatherings for the exchange of snacks and ideas
  • Mini-charrettes: weekend-long design competitions
  • Architectronica (fall) and ArchiArts (spring): university-wide parties
  • Open houses: post-final review events for the display of semester work
  • Organize discussions: group dialogue with faculty addressing how architecture is taught within the school
  • Society Pages: bi-monthly student publication in response to life in Anderson Hall
In addition to these events, Society is responsible for curating the student directory, student exhibitions, and intermittent panels with faculty and/or the dean. Its members provide a voice for the student body and keep students informed about events and opportunities at Rice Architecture.
President: Belle Carroll
Undergraduate Vice President: Beril Uzmen
Graduate Vide President: Kalyani Bhatt
ArchiArts Exhibition


Rice Architecture Mentorship is a multi-faceted, student-led platform that explores and expands professional opportunities. Mentorship invites speakers, generates workshops, organizes office and site visits, coordinates externships and mentor pairings, and conducts outreach visits to local public schools.

The Mentorship team combines a student leadership committee and an advisory board. The 2018 Leadership Committee is directed by Metinee Ding with 5 undergraduate and 2 graduate coordinators: Amanda Spitzer (Mentorship Coordinator), Violet Li (External Programs), Gabriella Feuillet (Lecture Coordinator), Melisa Pekiyi (Workshop Coordinator), Beril Uzmen (Field Trip Coordinator), and Kayla Bien and Nicole Lide (Graduate Recess Coordinators). The Advisory Board members are Robert Taylor (B. Arch. '74), Judy Nyquist (Houston cultural activist), faculty members John Casbarian, Nonya Grenader and Troy Schaum, and director of Rice Architecture development and alumni relations Emily Stein.

If you are interested in joining Mentorship, either as a mentor or as a current Rice Architecture student, please email the Mentorship Committee at

Mentorship recess workshop

Recess, an educational outreach component of Mentorship, received requests from local schools to share the knowledge and resources we teach students through our workshops. This motivated the Recess team to produce Recess exercises, a shared resource to teach students architectural topics and concepts through engaging lessons. Each of the five exercises may be facilitated without extensive architectural training, and contain vocabulary terms, material lists, and facilitator instructions for completing the exercise. We hope that students will take advantage of these exercises and be inspired to learn more about the built environment. Use the link below to download the exercises.

Recess exercises

How it works


Rice Architecture alumni and local practitioners mentor current Rice Architecture students. These pairings last for one academic year, permitting students to gain 1:1 exposure to a wide variety of practices.

Guest lectures/panel discussions

Mentorship invites alumni and guest speakers to give a lunchtime talk about their own trajectory, usually highlighting a specific project or experience. Speakers provide their own way and orchestrate their own lodging for these lectures. 


Each semester students work with faculty members to plan and offer technology and professionalism workshops relevant across studios.

Office Visits

Mentorship students arrange frequent small group tours of offices and project sites around Houston. 

Externship program

Rice University offers winter and spring break externships. Alumni, parents, and friends of the university host a current student for a one- to seven-day unpaid opportunity to shadow a professional. Mentorship assists in matching students with these opportunities.  


Recess is designed to share the talent and energy of the students at Rice Architecture with the community. Rice Architecture volunteers at the graduate and undergraduate level work with elementary through high-school aged students through our outreach efforts in the community and on campus. In addition to establishing a multi-year partnership with the STEM Chapter at the South Union CDC, Recess has partnered closely with the Rice Design Alliance and with a variety of education-based organizations in Houston to teach students about the built environment. Our workshops are engaging and introduce creative thought processes through tours, presentations, and collaborative design projects. We have seen these workshops have an informative, positive, and lasting impression on the students we are able to reach.


PLAT Journal

Founded in 2009, PLAT journal is an independent architecture journal published by the students of Rice Architecture. Through a combination of open submissions and commissioned pieces, the editors seek out contributions from various disciplines to generate a vibrant conversation.

PLAT offers a place to share work of all varieties and mixes writing from established professionals and emerging voices. Each new editorial team develops a unique and timely theme to explore in their issue. While the .0 issues always come in a standard print format, the .5 responses to the previous .0 publication take various forms. PLAT prizes agility and remains committed to advancing a provocative set of ideas that are always in flux. 

Last year, prior to the launch of its issue 8.0 Simplicity, PLAT co-edited an issue of Paprika!, a weekly student publication from the Yale School of Architecture. Its responsive issue 8.5 tl;dr featured a range of conversations and articles and was published online. In 2019, PLAT was awarded by Graham Foundation and received an Honorable Mention in the 2019 Douglas Haskell Award for Student Journals, given by the AIA New York's Center for Architecture.

PLAT 9.0 Commit investigates how expectations of authorship and expertise influence design decisions. Future topics, as articulated by the students of Rice Architecture, will be announced soon.

Follow the work online at and @platjournal.

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